LinkedIn keeps giving me a heart attack.
I use my cellphone to wake myself up in the morning. And to enrich time while waiting in line, waiting for a friend, etc. Also, as part of my goal to write 3000 words (that matter) every day, I turn off wireless on my PC to block the Internet. Then I use my cellphone to sneak an illicit peek at email.
In these usage cases, LinkedIn keeps presenting dire messages in my cell-delivered email:
| Your connection [name_here] has end |
What?! It’s over between us? My dear [connection] has broken the link?
Or worse? My connection’s pull-by shelf date has expired?
You’d think that my 6:30 a.m. brain would have learned by now. The End message just means:
Your connection has clicked an Endorse box, because they see your smiling face and they like you.
You already know the joke: LinkedIn is Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr’s boring uncle (who doesn’t even get drunk and tell embarrassing but entertaining stories at Thanksgiving).
How to keep my boring uncle from sending alarming news about my friends each morning?
Today at 6:30 a.m., I remembered my Privacy training from Msft. Big-time corporations have to let you escape automated email without also asking for your full name, SocSec#, DOB, and last ten login passwords to send to their top 25 spam buddies. Ah, here it is, the small print:
Tomorrow at 6:30 a.m., I will only worry that I have no friends at all.
Now about those 3000 meaningful words I’m supposed to write today …
P.S.: Dear Uncle LinkedIn: It’s a low-character count world. Get with it!
Your email message title should be:
[Connection_Name] has endorsed you
However, this email business is over between us now. Goodbye forever!